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Vital Villa's Last Ellis Article.

Following on from the David Conn story in today's Guardian: Ellis rolls away from his nice Villa earner

This is Vital Villa's last ever article from me on Ellis on this site.

For an initial investment of £500 000 this is what Doug made out of Villa, taken from The Guardian:
Deadly Doug's deals

£3,635,391 Ellis's total Aston Villa salary packages between 1985 and 2006

£4,000,000 Amount he made from the Aston Villa share sale in 1996

£1,650,967 Dividend payments received by Ellis from 1998 to 2003

£20,148,275 What Ellis stands to make from selling his shares to Randy Lerner

£29,434,630 Total personal earnings from Ellis's years at Aston Villa

£229,000 Total payments to Ellis's company, Ellmanton, for construction work and 'administration fees' in the 1970s and 1980s

Fair enough, he can now boast to have 'beaten' the fans and to have made a fortune out of the club. He left because of old father time and a bag full of money. He didn't like the criticism but he rode it. He treated AVFC as his baby instead of as 'our' club and a plc. He also often/always forgot the fans, even in his comments about his time at Villa recently!

There are those that have mixed with him at a social level and have found him charming. There are those that have dealt with him socially and business wise that have found the direct opposite.

With me and my many words, it was never, or rarely personal. I sent him genuine good wishes when he was in hospital and stand by my words at the last agm, I do admire the way he has manfully fought his illness and wish him a full recovery and a happy retirement. Having battled with illness myself, I'd never wish that on anyone, or at least not 'just' a chairman of a football club. I was also not one of the long term anti Ellis people, it took me years to see the wood for the trees, together with many thousands of other fans.

I'm happy to have had my say and that groups like VFC and AVSA and all those that went before us, as well as the websites and fanzines, stood up and tried to re-address the balance, but I'm even more pleased that the issue is now a dead one, Ellis IS going and it is time for us to move on.

Hopefully the next chapter of this magnificent clubs history will be a brighter and more exciting one.

So farewell Doug, thanks for everything/nothing*.

* Delete as appropriate!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday August 23 2006
Time: 11:26AM


If you take the charitable view, Doug has ensured the Villa has survived for the past 30 years or so and deserves to have been paid well for his success. So would we all. The uncharitable view is that this is not a true business but depends on the support of the fans, of which DD says he is one. On that basis we have been ripped off. Randy may well do the same over time. My own view is that DD has taken out too much to call himself a fan. I could accept the earnings if they weren't coated in the clap trap that went with them. Villa has been his cash cow. It was just business for him. he should now take his pieces of silver and go. Take the name off the stand too.
23/08/2006 12:03:00
A message in good spirit, Jonathan. The financial 'earnings' by Doug are alarming, but I do think that's a reflection of the age we live in. That quite a few of us remember the days wehen directors didn't earn from their post makes his earnings shout a bit louder, but I doubt there'll be many murmurings under the new regime. Especially as they'll probably be more worth their money.
23/08/2006 12:06:00
Whatever he was, Ellis, in my opinion, was not a Villa fan in the true sense of the words. Jumping from Blues to Villa to Wolves and back is not my definition of a fan. He used Villa is a vehicle to boost his own ego and self esteem and, of course his own pocket. In my time I have had a chance for a couple of seasons,to attend every Blues home match, for free. But I could not bring myself to go, theirs shirts were the wrong colour. Using JF's words above I say , 'Farewell, and thanks for nothing'.
23/08/2006 12:25:00
Doug Ellis is and always has been a Doug Ellis fan. Not a Villa, Blues, Wolves or any other fan. There can't be any doubt, that we would now be known as Doug Ellis FC if he could've got away with it. My first memory of Doug goes back to the closure of the old Lions Club and his repsect for us, the true fans, has remained at that lowly level ever since. Good riddance.
23/08/2006 13:32:00
Tried to put D Conn figures on mail web but they wouldnt put it on site.
23/08/2006 15:35:00
Agree totally with Stevew, the sooner the old boy is history the better the club will be. Isn't it by midnight tonight (Thursday 24th) that other bids have to be on the table to halt Randy's takeover?
24/08/2006 04:41:00
£30 million earnt, but not long to spend it... enjoy the next few months of your life Ellis, then leave it all to the dog's home or whatever you intend to do. I'm guessing Villa 'the club you love' supposedly will not see a penny? Good bye and Good riddance!
24/08/2006 11:14:00
If the report in today's (1 Sept.2006) DailyTelegraph is to be believed even though he is dead Ellis will not lie down. It would seem that he did his best to stop MO'N from buying players this week by refusing to sanction the spending of cash before Randy had the full 75% shareholding and insulting Randy to boot by saying "he (Lerner)may withdraw his bid and leave the club bankrupt". Ellis might do that I don't think Randy would. I am sure if Ellis had had the decency to sanction the cash being available earlier MO'N would have been more successful in the transfer market. It would seem Villa's troubles are still down to that man.
01/09/2006 12:41:00
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